The third-generation Porsche Cayenne has made its regional debut Malaysia after it was first previewed here back in January this year. As reported then, there will be two variants for customers to choose from, the base Cayenne and the more powerful Cayenne S.

The base Cayenne is powered by a 3.0 litre turbocharged V6 engine that serves up 335 hp (340 PS) at 5,300 to 6,400 rpm and 450 Nm of torque at 1,340 to 5,300 rpm. Meanwhile, the Cayenne S gets a 2.9 litre twin-turbo V6 rated at 434 hp (440 PS) at 5,700 to 6,600 rpm and 550 Nm at 1,800 to 5,500 rpm.

Both variants have their engines paired with an eight-speed Tiptronic S automatic transmission and an active all-wheel drive system. The latter is linked to a Porsche Traction Management (PTM) system with variable front/rear torque distribution.

Performance-wise, the Cayenne will do 0-100 km/h in just 6.2 seconds and hit a top speed of 245 km/h. The more powerful S variant will complete the same sprint slightly quicker at 5.2 seconds, and has a higher top speed of 265 km/h.

Cars equipped with the Sport Chrono Package will have 0.3 seconds slashed from their respective century sprint times. The optional package also includes a PSM Sport mode and Sport Response button, which optimises the Cayenne for ultra-high responsiveness for 20 seconds.

On the handling side of things, both variants feature fully independent aluminium multi-links on both axles. The base Cayenne is fitted with four-piston calipers at the front and two-piston units at the rear, whereas the Cayenne S gets six-piston front and four-piston rear units instead. The more powerful of the two also has larger discs at the front (390 mm versus 350 mm).

Other handling-related bits include Porsche 4D Chassis Control, three-chamber air suspension, rear-axle steering and Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC). There’s also Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), Porsche Active Aerodynamics and optional Porsche Surface Coated Brake (PSCB), the last coming with ten-piston front and four-piston rear calipers.

While the Cayenne is formidable on track, it still offers some degree of off-road capabilities as well. There are five off-road modes available, along with a ground clearance of 240 mm, ramp angle of over 21 degrees and a fording depth of 525 mm.

In terms of equipment, the Cayenne comes with the Porsche Advanced Cockpit, which places two seven-inch displays beside the analogue tachometer in the instrument cluster. Also present is the latest Porsche Communication Management infotainment system that is linked to a 12.3-inch touchscreen display.

Other items include LED headlamps, Direct Touch Control interface on the centre console, leather upholstery, power seats and Park Assist. For now, we’ve been told the base Cayenne will have an estimated price of RM790k, while the Cayenne S goes for RM940k, also estimated, both with taxes paid. Official prices will be revealed at a later date.

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